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Welcome to Flour Bakery in Cambridge, MA.  When you walk through the door your senses are pleasantly lulled into submission by the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls, the sight of reclaimed wood, and the warmth rolling off a 4-sided modern fireplace right in the center of it all.  This space was designed by David Hacin and his team at Hacin + Associates.   In this short interview, David and Holly Markham talk Scandinavian design, Joanne Chang, and modern fireplaces.

Who are the key players?

Holly Markham: Founder of European Home — a design-forward manufacturer and distributor of modern, luxury fireplaces.  European Home has been a thought-leader and taste-maker in the hearth industry since 1999.

David Hacin, FAIA: Founder of Hacin + Associates — an architecture and design studio located in Boston’s South End.  H+A’s dedicated team of design professionals has built a broad portfolio of projects that have received regional, national and international recognition.

Joanne Chang: Chef and restaurant owner of Flour Bakery.  In 2016 Joanne was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Baker.

 


Video: Holly Markham sits down with David Hacin 

 

If you can’t check out the video interview right now keep scrolling to see the conversation transcript and some of our favorite photographs from the Flour Bakery space below.

 

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Flour Bakery: A serene view as you walk in from the cold.

 

Holly: We heard about this project about a year ago, and I said Flour, as in Joanne Chang? And without hesitation, we were all on board. Can you tell us a little about the project?

David: The project is a new location for Flour, in Cambridgeport. It is in more of a tech-community part of Cambridge, which was lacking in places to go and hangout. BioMed Realty contacted Joanne Chang of Flour, and us, about creating a new cafe area to serve the community. They had a fantastic space available and we were all really excited about this opportunity. We got to work with Joanne and her partner Christopher Myers to develop a concept of how this space could feel.

 

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A unique focal point: grab your cappuccino & muffin and slide up to a 360 degree fireplace

 

H: What were the iterations along the way for the concept?

D: From the very beginning BioMed Realty was really interested in creating a warm cozy place, in what was generally more of a corporate environment. He was excited about putting a fireplace in to make it almost as if it were a living room for the community, not just a Cafe. We wanted it to be a casual place you could just hang out, spend some time reading a book or on your laptop. Our goal was to make it as much of a community center as it is a Cafe.  As I speak, you can hear voices of kids and coffee all around me. We were very interested in creating a focal point for the space. We worked with not only art consultant groups finding artwork for walls, but finding a fireplace became essential to the idea of making a living room in this area.

 

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H: I love all of the accessories. The furniture, neutral colors, how did that all come together?

D: It was all part of our design aesthetic. Flour has a particular palette, that I would describe as a little bit Scandinavian. The woods, pale blue, whites — we worked off that to select floor colors, stone colors, the wood wall that surrounds the pastry cabinet and black accents throughout.

 

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Fire in the Round: The 360 Fireplace by Element4  (with safety screen) 

 

Photography by: Michael Stavaridis

 

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Posted by: Cory John Ploessl
Cory is the Marketing Manager for European Home.  He has an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.  He writes about fireplace and modern design on the European Home Blog.

 

 

This article was originally posted by Vogue Magazine ( by: Madeleine Luckel).  To see the original version click here.

Supermodel Coco Rocha first burst onto the fashion scene by Irish step dancing down the runway at a Jean Paul Gaultier show. But since her days of—as she puts it—“frilly blouses,” the Zac Posen muse has taken a decidedly modern turn. Nothing evidences this as much as Rocha’s recently remodeled Westchester, New York, home. With its sleek lines and pops of orange, it’s a far cry from the romance of the Irish countryside. Below, the model sounds off on her young family, renovation woes, and her evolving aesthetic.

Coca Rocha proudly displaying her newly designed home.

Coco Rocha proudly displaying her newly designed home.


What originally made you and your husband fall in love with this home?

My husband, James, and I had just finished remodeling a little stone cottage in Westchester. We realized we were kind of addicted to the renovation process, and were ready for a new adventure. When we came across this home, it hadn’t been touched since it was first built in the 1980s. The layout was bizarre, but beyond the glass block windows and dividing walls, we saw beautiful bones that were perfect for our growing family—at the time, our daughter, Ioni, had just been born. The house is also in a great location just outside of New York City, with a magical view over the Westchester tree tops.


Can you tell me a little bit about what the renovation and redecoration process was like?

It was intense—we needed to do a complete gut renovation so that we could rework the layout to an open floor plan. I love how the kitchen, living room, and dining space now open up into one giant 50-foot-long room. We kept the design simple yet contemporary, and got rid of the superfluous, ’80s modern architectural clutter.

Materials were really crucial in terms of bringing the whole look together. Our cabinetry is actually an Ikea hack: James used their frames and customized them with gorgeous walnut doors from SemiHandMadeDoors.com. The Silestone countertops are ultra sleek and durable—I never have to worry about stains when I’m cooking with Ioni, which I love. When it came time to decorate, we decided to start from scratch. We sold or gave away most of the furniture from our cottage and worked from the ground up to find pieces that really fit and complemented the architecture of the new space.

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That sounds like a ton of work. Do you have any favorite pieces that you ultimately settled on?

It’s hard to say! I love the European Home gas fireplace we installed. We used the same Silestone that we used for our kitchen counter tops to create cohesion between the two spaces. After having a wood-burning fire for so many years, it’s a world of difference to now have the instant ease of gas. I’m obsessed with the kitchen and its warm walnut doors and spend a lot of time there. In the dining room, we decided to go with a copper theme. We found these great copper chairs from Blu Dot that you have to literally fold like origami to assemble. We paired them with this great copper chandelier from AllModern that looks like some kind of Cold War–era satellite.

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What was the most difficult part of the whole process?

Hanging artwork is always the hardest part for us. It’s so funny that we can commit to huge changes in the house fairly easily—like ripping out walls and windows—but hanging those final pieces on the walls takes us weeks of deliberation!

Ha ha, that’s so funny. How did your own sense of style influence the design of your new home? 
My sense of style has definitely changed over the years. I remember 10 years ago decorating my first apartment in New York and sourcing all these shabby-chic pieces of antique furniture. At the same time, I was wearing these frilly blouses and girly dresses. Now, I’m all about minimal, clean structured lines in both architecture and in fashion, and my taste in art leans more toward Pop Art than anything else.

The kitchen here is certainly a standout. Are you a big cook?
I love to cook! It’s a skill I’ve been working on over the last few years. After living in New York City for a decade, you can get a little spoiled when it comes to dining out or ordering in. Once I moved up to Westchester, I realized pretty quickly that eating out seven nights a week wasn’t an option. Now, I really look forward to cooking and trying new recipes. My daughter, Ioni, is already getting into it, too, and always wants to “help” me cook, which is adorable.

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Your job requires a great deal of travel. What is it that you love most about coming home?

It’s true that as a model I’m constantly traveling. It’s a wonderful perk of the business to get to see so many new and interesting places, but coming back to a house that feels like home is priceless to me. Even when I’m working locally in New York, being able to leave all the noise and hustle and bustle of the city and come home to a serene oasis really is a wonderful thing.

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The Bidore 140 adds to the modern design of Coco Rocha’s living room.


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

James and I can’t sit still! Now that we’ve finished this modern house, we’re looking for a farm house to renovate, an hour north of Westchester. Our hope is that it could be a getaway retreat for all of our extended family. Of course, it will be another major fixer-upper. Stay tuned. . . .


All photos courtesy of Costas Picadas.

European Home would like to thank Coco Rocha and her husband James Conran for their collaboration on this beautiful fireplace design and installation.  We hope it brings you warmth and joy for many years!  

 

Dream of an island fireplace that will warm up the whole room? Or a corner fireplace to create an interesting modern look that opens up your space? The G Series dual listed burner is tested and approved as a vented or vent free burner. The beauty of a natural gas fireplace is with the push of a button, you can bring warmth and drama to a space instantly. This burner can be used in custom-built, or existing fireplaces to give you the look you’ve always wanted.

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Here, the G Series is installed as a beautiful corner fireplace.

What is a Vent-Free Fireplace?

The vent free burner, as it sounds, does not require any type of vent system. Rather, it is built  to burn clean and the combustion by-products can flow freely into the room. Safety is the #1 priority as all vent-free burners have an oxygen sensor that is set to turn off the appliance if the oxygen in the room starts to become depleted.  

Pros:

  • No heat lost = maximum efficiency. All air is kept within the room, ensuring you will be warm and toasty all winter long.
  • The freedom of no vent allows the homeowner to install this model nearly wherever they please. There is no need for a chimney, so get creative. This burner can be used for a peninsula fireplace install, a 4-sided install, a corner fireplace… the options are endless!
  • Vent-free fireplaces can be easily installed, and there is limited maintenance.

Cons:

  • The vent-free model is not approved in some states, or Canada.  Check your local rules and regulations.

 

What is a B-Vent (Natural Vent) Fireplace?

The B-vent (or natural vent) natural gas fireplace vents similar to a traditional wood fireplace. It pulls air from within the room for combustion and vents it outside. The vent pipe runs up from the unit and terminates outside the building. 

Pros:

  • Although this system does pull air from your home, the amount of air used is usually minimal and does not reduce the quality of air.
  • Less heat may be more advantageous in warmer climates, and all summer long. You can still enjoy the aesthetics and comfort of a burning fireplace, without overheating.

Cons:

  • As with all vented fireplaces, a certain proportion of your heat will be lost through the chimney.
  • Running vent pipe may limit where the burner can be installed in your home.

 

G Series burners are available in 3 sizes (widths of 40”, 50” or 60”) as drop-in burners or as stand-alone burners with the optional cover. The optional cover is useful for floor level installation as it hides away the controls and burner parts to give a clean, modern look. The G Series, vented or vent free, will give you the custom look you have been searching for without the custom price tag.

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Pro Tip: Use the optional cover, as shown here, for floor level installation. It hides away the controls and burner parts to ensure a clean, modern look.

 

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Gyrofocus by Focus Fires


Looking for an adventure filled with wildlife that is pure and untouched? Dream of a vacation that is active, yet luxurious and relaxing? Check out the Southern Ocean Lodge, located at Hanson bay on Kangaroo Island’s southwest coast. Settled on the edge of a rocky clifftop, it offers 21 suites with curved walls and large windows, showcasing the beautiful coastal views.
Imagine a panoramic view of the Australian scenery interrupted only by the wood fire crackle and dramatic lines of a sculptural suspended fireplace. The Lodge’s design-centric interiors, and epicurean focus create its unique style.

 

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Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia

 

The Lodge is within easy reach of all major attractions on the Island. Did you know, Kangaroo Island is one of the only places in Australia today where you can see an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat? Whether it be kayaking through the American River, taking a scenic bike tour, appreciating the fine art displayed throughout the museums, or enjoying some delicious local cuisine, you will have the experience of a lifetime.

 

Check out the Gyrofocus fireplace (minute: 2:20) in this video of the Southern Ocean Lodge.

 

After a long day of swimming with dolphins, and climbing your way through the trails sit back and relax next to the warmth of the Gyrofocus fireplace by Focus Fires. Suspending from the ceiling, the fire rotates 360 degrees to ensure all guests can enjoy the view and warmth. The sleek and simple design of this fireplace match the modern and luxurious look of the lodge. Their goal of providing a haven of comfort, style, and personal intimacy is realized while sitting by this iconic fireplace. So get cozy,  grab a glass of wine (or two) and enjoy the breathtaking sights as the sun sets over the Australian coast.

 

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Gyrofocus by Focus Fires

 

 

Sources:

http://robbreport.com/luxury-travel/slideshow/10-luxurious-suites-offering-epic-adventures/osprey-pavilion-southern-ocean-lodge

http://southernoceanlodge.com.au/lodge/

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Michael Stokes’ family home is situated in some of the most beautiful nature you will ever set your eyes on.  Step outside and you are dwarfed by a perfect snow-capped mountain (can’t miss photograph below) and a grove of old-growth pines swaying in the winter breeze.  Nature, it seems, has even permeated his walls and crept into every nook and designed cranny of the home.  From the bear-fur bedspread, to the weathered wood floors, to the stone and even steel, with the unmistakable patina of nature + time written all over them.

We had the opportunity to have a conversation with Michael and his hearth designer, Eric Walden recently.  You could call this entire home a collaboration of designers, a passion project, or simply, an act of nature.

 

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What originally attracted you to your fireplaces?

Michael Stokes (Homeowner):  “I liked the clean modern look, the realistic fire and the high quality media (logs).  Most fireplaces look like the flames shoot straight up. Element4 fireplaces had very realistic looking burning flames, even in the linear format. I discovered them for their linear models but when it came time to build our Breckenridge house we wanted a more square shape while maintaining a nice tall flame and clean design. ”

So you did quite a bit of shopping around?

Michael Stokes:  “I was looking for the right fireplace for quite a while. I went to the Las Vegas home show and saw all those fireplaces and didn’t like any of them which led me on a further search online.  In the end Element4 just had the best looking fires.”

 

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In the master bedroom, Michael and Eric decided on the perfectly proportioned Modore 75H modern gas fireplace by Element4.  Living in the mountains of Colorado it’s only natural that Michael’s design sense draws from nature.  You can see this influence in the natural fur bed spread, weathered wood floors and hand-picked tiles used to surround the modern fireplace.

 

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Michael picked out these surround tiles long before he knew how the room would come together.  Looking at them up close you can’t help but think of spindling river currents or the way tree roots meander around solid stones in the soil.

 

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Nothing to distract: The Modore 75H features our nearly-invisible anti-reflective glass.
Warning: Please fight the urge to stick marshmallows into the fire… there is actually glass there.

 

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As you walked through the Stokes’ home you get a strong sense that the architecture itself has been loved and lived in.  It was as if even the floorboards had a story to tell.

 

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Moving onto the living room you are greeted by a larger than life stone hearth featuring a Modore 100H modern gas fireplace by Element4.

“I would say my design style is ‘transitional’ – I like warm and inviting but with modern touches”
              -Michael Stokes

I have to admit I wasn’t expecting the rusted steel I-beam mantle for this rural, alpine home, however it just seemed to work so seamlessly.  Designer, Eric Walden from Distinctive Mantel Design, Inc worked with Michael on the entire façade.  When I asked him about the mantle, he smiled and called it his ‘industrial mountain feel.”

 

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How was your customer service experience with Distinctive Mantel Design?

Michael Stokes:  “Our experience was excellent. Eric invited us into the showroom and even sketched up what the fireplace would look like in our space, we could move it up and down and we felt good about the proportions and materials. There was no lack of service; he was very responsive and helpful”

3D Rendering courtesy of Eric Walden

 

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Good design is nothing without a skilled hand to pull it off.  The craftsmanship of this installation was impeccable.

 

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Mr. Stokes’ “Transitional style” permeates throughout the house.  Natural materials blend seamlessly with mid-century modern accents and strategically positioned pops of color.

 

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The Modore 100H by Element4 – With a tall, unobstructed viewing area and robust flames the 100H can be dressed up to an ultra modern chic or relax into a traditional stone hearth with ease.

What does your fireplace add to this space?

Michael Stokes: “The fireplace adds a lot of warmth.  It’s convenient to turn on anytime and for us it really ‘finishes’ the space. When we are getting ready to watch TV or a movie, we just click on the fireplace and now you feel settled in and ready to unwind.”

 

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Breckenridge Bliss: A stunning mountain view from the Stokes’ home.

 

 

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Posted by: Cory John Ploessl
Cory is the Marketing Manager for European Home.  He has an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.  He writes about fireplace and modern design on the European Home Blog.

 

 

New York City: the 29th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) will take place at the Javits Center on May 21st through 24th, 2017 in Manhattan.  There, European Home will be debuting the wood-burning Focus Fires line (listed as “Focus Creation – Booth #771” on ICFF’s website) to architects, retailers, interior designers, visual merchandisers, and many more.

Register for the show today: ICFF Online Registration

ICFF is North America’s leading convention for interior and architectural design.  They focus on “what’s best & what’s next” in design.

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There is never a dull moment walking through the gorgeous maze that is the ICFF convention hall.  Photo courtesy of ICFF website. 

In the 400 square foot exhibit, European Home will display four of the most popular Focus Fires models: the suspended Ergofocus and Agorafocus 630, the wall-mounted Filiofocus 1600, and the famous and award-winning suspended model, the Gyrofocus.

A brief summary of Focus Fires’ history:  Focus was created in France by Atelier Dominique Imbert in 1968, after he crafted his the masterpiece that is the Gyrofocus.  After gaining critical attention when this new and interesting fireplace debuted, his company grew to host dozens of suspended and wall-mounted fireplaces models.  In 2016, the Focus team hand-crafted and sold over 2,000 units to over 55 countries around the world.

Shown here is a 3D rendering of the Focus exhibit:

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Rendering of Focus Fires booth @ ICFF: Left to Right: Gyrofocus, Filiofocus Mural, Ergofocus & Agorafocus 630

Other notable exhibitors include: Luxe Interiors + Design (print & online), British European Design Group (BEDG), & The Furniture Society, among many others.

The ICFF hosts over 750 exhibitors from over 30 countries all over the world; we are honored to be apart of this noted worldwide event.

ICFF 2017 Dates – Trade Only
Sunday, May 21 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
Monday, May 22 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Trade and General Public
Wednesday, May 24 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Check out ICFF’s website at www.icff.com and get all the details you will need to join us at the convention.  Make sure to stop by Booth #771 to get cozy with these beautiful pieces of art.

We will be collaborating with Method Homes for the annual Dwell on Design: Design that Moves You conference in Los Angeles, California on June 23rd – 25th, 2017.

Our very own J-Series 60″ outdoor fireplace will be displayed in Method Homes’ fully functional show house, which can be toured throughout the convention.  It will be featured on the back patio to create a cozy, fire pit feel – minus the “pit”.  Once the show is over the home will be used as an AirBnB location in Sonoma, California.

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European Home’s J-Series 60” Vent-Free Outdoor Fireplace.

 

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Annata show house: 3D digital rendering, designed by Chris Pardo Design, to be featured by Dwell on Design. Photo courtesy of Method Homes.

A little background on our collaborator: based in Washington State, Method Homes is a company that strives to create beautiful custom, prefabricated, homes that are unique to their customer.  They focus on efficiency and sustainable design.  These “prefab” homes are created in a warehouse and assembled on the job site once all the pieces have been completed.   Inclement weather never interferes with their timeline, and when possible, they resalvage existing materials from the homeowners original house.

They are a CSA certified builder of green, prefab structures in the US and Canada.

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Custom home in Truckee, CA.  Builder: Method Homes.  This home is host to one of our Lucius 140 Room Dividers.  Read more about this Truckee project and the the prefab concept here.

 

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Custom house in South Surrey, British Columbia (CA).  Builder: Method Homes.

We are very excited to be collaborating with such an innovative and environmentally conscious building company.  We hope to have our fireplaces in more of their gorgeous homes in the future.

You can find us at Dwell on Design’s showcase, Dwell Outdoor; a 30,000 square foot showcase for prefab homes and outdoor design.  This has been a designer favorite since it’s inception in 2008.

 

 

Element4 Sets its Sights to the Future of Fire.

Last year, Element4 was the originator of Double and Multi-Burner Technology in North America.  This year, while walking the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo floor, we realized they are still the only manufacturer utilizing this amazing technology and they haven’t stopped innovating since.

To Recap:
Double Burner Technology: As seen in the Sky MKII and 100H MKII series.

  • Two burners run parallel, one in front of the other.
  • When both are ignited the flames seamlessly meld giving you a wider and taller flame than a single burner ever could.
  • Bigger fire with the same gas input as a single burner.

Multi Burner Technology: As seen in the Modore 185 & 240 series.

  • 3 burners run the length of the fireplace, alternating in depth.
  • Utilize all three for a long, dramatic flame.
  • Or switch to just the middle burner and enjoy the same flame height with around half the heat output.
  • See Video Below

Coming Soon:
Quad Burner Technology: More details to follow.

  • The ultimate fire technology: combines double and multi burner features allowing you to create 4 distinct burner settings for maximum control over your heat output and flame picture.

At Element4 fire innovation never stops.

 

Any foodie with a Kamado style grill will tell you the key to good BBQ is cookin’ low and slow.  Any designer with a discerning eye will tell you that the key to a beautiful fireplace design is simple, clean lines.

Both were on display at The HPBExpo (Hearth Patio and Barbecue) earlier this month in Atlanta.  If you happened to stop by booth #2819 you would have seen much of the latter as European Home rolled out some new fireplace designs as well as some iconic favorites.

To those fireplace retailers, architects, and designers who stopped by the booth — a sincere thank you!  We were honored to have so many amazing conversations.

Please scroll through the images below and see what we’ve been up to at European Home.

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We rolled out a new booth this year.  We wanted a more sustainable/reusable design, an open floor plan, and a focus on contemporary textures and materials to compliment our modern style.  To learn more about our process check out our Booth Design blog post.

 

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Founder and President of European Home, Holly Markham, talks design with some engaged folks from the industry.

 

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The Sky T MKII by Element4 was a highlight of the show as it has been the past 3 years.  There was a huge buzz on the floor about ‘vertical fireplaces’ this year.  We are proud be leading the way on such a stand-out design trend.

 

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Paxfocus by Focus Fires – For the very first time we got to show off one of the newest members of the European Home line and a living modern design icon.  Focus Fires, designed and fabricated in France, offers a number of suspended, pedestal and wall mounted wood fireplaces all featuring Focus’ unmistakable style, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 

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Lucius 140 with Glass Safety Barrier (GSB) – Clean, contemporary lines and no need for screens.

 

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All of our burning fireplaces, including the 8′ wide, see-through Tenore 240 GSB by Element4 were connected to our optional Pro Control App System.  Now you can operate your fireplace with your phone or tablet and have ultimate control over the look and feel of your fireplace.

 

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It was a ton of fun and an interesting design challenge to fit so many fireplace lines in one space.  Here the HVF60 [corner] by European Home (left) melds seamlessly into the Modore 75H MKII by Element4 (right).

 

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Jan Kempers and Benno de Groot, founders of Element4, even made the trip from Zwolle, Netherlands.  Here we snap a picture of them as they catch up with our new Product Design Specialist, Preston Lofgren.

 

 

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Posted by: Cory John Ploessl
Cory is the Marketing Manager for European Home.  He has an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.  He writes about fireplace and modern design on the European Home Blog.

From March 2nd – 4th, 2017 European Home will be exhibiting some of our finest products at the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  By the end of this post we’ll give you a sneak peek at what we’ve been designing over the past year.

Trade shows are fascinating spaces — especially before the doors open to the public.  If you take a group of dedicated people, put them on a convention center floor and ask them to build an alternate world in a couple of days you’re sure to see a lot of ingenuity, plenty of sweat, and loads of good design.  That design process doesn’t start and end on the convention center floor however.  There are months of work and planning that go into every square foot of booth space.

We sincerely hope you can make it to the show this year.  We’re proud of our products, our people, and the booth we’ve put together for you.  Whether you can make it to Atlanta or not we think you’ll enjoy taking a peek behind the curtain and getting a glimpse of how it all came together.

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Early Rendition: Months ago we started with a basic layout and a very limited knowledge of SketchUp! (3D Rendering Program you see here)  We knew we needed to design something contemporary and clean — to match the modern style of our beautiful fireplaces.

 

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Drawing it Up: We’ve always been able to put together a beautiful booth on our own.  However, this year we wanted to take our craftsmanship and design to the next level.  For the first time we teamed up with a professional Exhibit Maker.  Jim from SL Exhibits is a trained architect (and kind of old school).  We had the pleasure of learning how to read hand-drawn technical drawings.  It was a good reminder that simple tools can still produce truly good design when put in the right set of hands.

 

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Render: As my own rendering abilities got better I was able to start to play with form and texture.  This rendering paired the Lucius 140 Glass Safety Barrier fireplace with a natural bamboo surround.

 

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Lucius 140 with Glass Safety Barrier by Element4:  In this ingenious design, the outer layer of glass is kept relatively cool as hidden fans push the hot air between the two plates of glass and up into the wall cavity.  Since you no longer need a screen, the end result is a beautiful uninterrupted flame and the same efficient heating of our other Element4 models.  Come see it at the show!

 

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Paxcfocus by Focus Fires.  Another fireplace we are particularly excited to show this year is the Paxfocus.  This wall-mounted, wood burning steel beauty is manufactured by hand in France by the iconic modern fireplace makers at Focus Fires.  This year European Home became the exclusive distributor of Focus in North America and we couldn’t be more excited about the partnership.

 

Virtual Tour of the Booth


At Long Last:  We’ve come to the virtual tour and final design.  We hope you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek thus far and we hope to see you at the HPBExpo 2017.
Click the play button above to take the tour.

 

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Posted by: Cory John Ploessl
Cory is the Marketing Manager for European Home.  He has an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.  He writes about fireplace and modern design on the European Home Blog.